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Due to current social-distancing restrictions necessitated by COVID-19, the 2020 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series will be presented by live stream until further notice.

The Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer invites you to the 2020 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series.

The 2020 calendar may be viewed here.

The Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series showcases excellence in research and development, which is generating economic, environmental, social and technological benefits for New South Wales. The seven-event series will again feature some of the State’s best and brightest, and highlight its tremendous research strength across a diverse range of disciplines.

For more information, please call the Office of the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer on (02) 9338 6817.


2020 Science & Research Breakfast Seminar Series

Wednesday 2 December 2020

Professor Antoine van Oijen delivering a lecture

Distinguished Professor Antoine van Oijen
University of Wollongong

Tackling Antimicrobial Resistance, from Molecule to Community

Antimicrobial resistance occurs when bacteria and other micro-organisms become resistant to antimicrobial drugs, including antibiotics. The alarming reduction in effectiveness of antibiotics, caused by evolutionary changes in bacterial populations under pressure from antibiotic overuse, makes the treatment of infections difficult, costly or even impossible.

The future impact of superbugs worldwide on human health is still largely unknown but is projected to eclipse the health burden caused by cancer and cardiovascular diseases.

Distinguished Professor Antoine van Oijen and his research group develop molecular imaging approaches to understand how bacteria evolve resistance and use this knowledge to develop new drugs and diagnostics.

In parallel with Antoine’s efforts to understand antimicrobial resistance at the level of molecules and cells, he has also established population health programs to track how superbugs travel through the community and our hospital system.

Join Antoine as he explains how such a molecule-to-society approach can help us in the understanding of disease mechanisms.

About the Speaker

Distinguished Professor Antoine van Oijen

ARC Laureate Fellow and Director of Molecular Horizons, School of Chemical and Molecular Bioscience, University of Wollongong

Antoine led research groups at Harvard Medical School and Groningen University in the Netherlands, before moving to the University of Wollongong in 2015 as an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow.

Antoine’s research revolves around the development and use of single-molecule biophysical tools to study complex biological systems. At the University of Wollongong, he is spearheading the establishment of Molecular Horizons, an $80 million investment in a new molecular life sciences research institute.

With Molecular Horizons, Antoine aims to create a research ecosystem that brings together scientists from biology, chemistry, physics and medicine to use molecular visualisation approaches as a key driver for medical discovery.

In addition to his ARC Fellowship, Antoine has received prestigious fellowships from the US National Science Foundation, the European Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council.

This year, Antoine won the NSW Premier’s Prize for Science & Engineering for Excellence in Medical Biological Sciences.

LIVE STREAM LINK


Wednesday 21 October 2020

Professor Dayong Jin

Distinguished Professor Dayong Jin
University of Technology Sydney

Harnessing Nanophotonics for the Early Detection of Coronavirus

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Wednesday 19 August 2020

Professor Ross Bradstock

Senior Professor Ross Bradstock
University of Wollongong

The Science of Bushfire Risk

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Wednesday 1 July 2020

Professor Liz Pellicano

Professor Liz Pellicano 
Macquarie University

Knowing Autism

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Wednesday 20 May 2020

Professor Dietmar Muller

Professor Dietmar Müller 
The University of Sydney

The Future of Geoscience in Australia

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Wednesday 26 February 2020

Scientia Professor Rose Amal, 2019 NSW Scientist of the Year

2019 NSW Scientist of the Year
Scientia Professor Rose Amal AC
UNSW Sydney

Harnessing Solar Energy To Power Our Planet

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2019

Tuesday 3 December 2019

Professor Geordie Williamson

Professor Geordie Williamson 
Director of the Mathematical Research Institute 
The University of Sydney

Light, Sound and the Magic of the Fourier Transform

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Wednesday 16 October 2019

Liesl Yearsley

Liesl Yearsley
CEO and Co-Founder, a·kin

The Co-Evolution of AI and Humanity


Tuesday 13 August 2019

Dr Cathy Foley

Dr Cathy Foley
CSIRO Chief Scientist

Future Science 2040

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Wednesday 19 June 2019

Professor Maria Kavallaris

Professor Maria Kavallaris  
Children's Cancer Institute and Australian Centre for NanoMedicine, UNSW Sydney

How Nanomedicine is Changing Cancer Treatment

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Tuesday 30 April 2019

Professor Michael Biercuk

Professor Michael J. Biercuk  
The University of Sydney and Q-CTRL

Building the Quantum Economy

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Wednesday 27 February 2019

Laureate Professor Nick Talley, 2018 NSW Scientist of the Year

2018 NSW Scientist of the Year 
Laureate Professor Nick Talley AC
The University of Newcastle

Uncovering the Secrets of Serious Gut Disorders

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2018

Wednesday 28 November 2018

Dr Pasi Sahlberg

Dr Pasi Sahlberg
Gonski Institute for Education, UNSW Sydney

Finnish Lessons: Increasing Equity and Opportunity in
Australia's Education System Through Research

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Wednesday 10 October 2018

Associate Professor Muireann Irish

Associate Professor Muireann Irish
School of Psychology, the University of Sydney

Memory in Dementia - Past, Present and Future

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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Professor David Currow

Professor David Currow
Chief Cancer Officer, NSW and Chief Executive Officer,
Cancer Institute NSW

How Cancer Outcomes Can Continue to Improve

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Wednesday 6 June 2018

Professor Veena Sahajwallah

Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla
Director of UNSW Sydney's Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT)

Green Microfactories: Products from Waste

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Wednesday 9 May 2018

Professor Justin Gooding

Professor Justin Gooding
Scientia Professor in the School of Chemistry at
UNSW Sydney and founding co-director of the
Australian Centre for NanoMedicine

How Sensors are Changing Our World

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Wednesday 21 February 2018

Professor Gordon Wallace, 2017 NSW Scientist of the Year

2017 NSW Scientist of the Year
Professor Gordon Wallace AO
University of Wollongong

3D Printing, Bioprinters and Clinical Application

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2017

Wednesday 22 November 2017

Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes

Distinguised Professor Lesley Hughes
Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity and Development) and Professor of Biology at Macquarie University

Climate Change Frustration:
What Role the Public Scientist?

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Wednesday 8 November 2017

Dr Peter Svensson

Dr Peter Svensson
Vinnova - Sweden's Innovation Agency

Openness and Innovation:
Possibilities for New South Wales

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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Professor Richard Roberts

Professor Richard Roberts
Director of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Australian Biodiversity and Heritage at the University of Wollongong

Our Story: The Epic Human and Environmental History of Australia

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Wednesday 9 August 2017

Professor Louise Baur

Professor Louise Baur AM
The University of Sydney

Tackling Childhood Obesity:
From the Clinic to Global Policy

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Wednesday 28 June 2017

Professor Rick Shine, 2016 NSW Scientist of the Year

2016 NSW Scientist of the Year
Rick Shine AM, Professor in Evolutionary Biology at
The University of Sydney
Winner of the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science

Conversation in Cold Blood:
Researching Reptiles

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Wednesday 5 April 2017

Nick Kaye

Mr Nick Kaye
CEO, Sydney School of Entrepreneurship

An Ecosystem, Satellites and a Stage:
Setting up Sydney’s School of Entrepreneurship

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Wednesday 1 February 2017

Dr Simon Poole

Dr Simon Poole
Director, New Business Ventures at Finisar Australia

Ideas & Execution:
The Yin and Yang of Innovation

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